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Dictionary Definition

determine

Verb

1 after a calculation, investigation, experiment, survey, or study; "find the product of two numbers"; "The physicist who found the elusive particle won the Nobel Prize" [syn: find, find out, ascertain]
2 shape or influence; give direction to; "experience often determines ability"; "mold public opinion" [syn: shape, mold, influence, regulate]
3 fix conclusively or authoritatively; "set the rules" [syn: set]
4 decide upon or fix definitely; "fix the variables"; "specify the parameters" [syn: specify, set, fix, limit]
5 reach, make, or come to a decision about something; "We finally decided after lengthy deliberations" [syn: decide, make up one's mind]
6 fix in scope; fix the boundaries of; the tree determines the border of the property
7 settle conclusively; come to terms; "We finally settled the argument" [syn: settle, square off, square up]
8 find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort; "I want to see whether she speaks French"; "See whether it works"; "find out if he speaks Russian"; "Check whether the train leaves on time" [syn: check, find out, see, ascertain, watch, learn]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

déterminer, determinare, determinatum; de + terminare limit, terminus limit.

Pronunciation

  • (UK): /dɪ'tɜːmɪn/
  • (US): /dɪ'tɝmɪn/

Verb

  1. To set the limits of.
  2. To ascertain definitely; to figure out.

Translations

to set the limits of
to ascertain definitely

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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